Flaneur Magazine is pleased to invite you to its inaugural screening as the magazine is starting to expand into the film realm. Hannah Sioda, in charge of the new Flaneur event series, has selected and subtitled the film L’Imperatore di Roma (1987, Nico D’Alessandria). The movie tells the story of a drug addict named Gerry who wanders the endless streets of Rome. He strolls through the ruins of the Colosseum, gazes upon stones, imagines situations, and talks with complete strangers and acquaintances, whom he randomly meets. Through his never ending dérive, the film depicts the existence of a man that has repudiated all social conventions in order to live like one of the countless cats that prowl amongst the streets of the old capital.
Considered a masterpiece of Italian art-house cinema, L’Imperatore di Roma has never been translated or subtitled. Due to its rare distribution the film subsequently dwindled into obscurity, thus slowly cascading into cinematic oblivion.
The screening is part of the exhibition BERLINROMA ROMABERLIN – Reverse Inequality, on view through 31 October at Gallery Patrick Ebensperger. Ci vediamo hopefully on October 27th at 7.30 pm